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MDS 3.0 Training Video Now Available Exclusively in Pioneer Network Bookstore

For Immediate Release

Pioneer Network

For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Contact: Christie Dobson
Operations Manager
585.271.7570 / 585.244.9114

VIVE: Video on Interviewing Vulnerable Elders Introduced at April Train the Trainer Conference 

ROCHESTER, NY – Pioneer Network is pleased to announce that the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) resource, Video on Interviewing Vulnerable Elders (VIVE) is now exclusively available for pre-order in the online bookstore on the Pioneer Network website. This training video was funded by the Picker Institute, developed by Dr. Debra Saliba and produced by the UCLA/JH Borun Center. The content in VIVE is the same that was presented at the CMS National Train the Trainer Conference in April and will be helpful for training staff in developing effective interviewing techniques.

VIVE is now available for pre-order in the Pioneer Network online bookstore for $19. The video will be available directly fromCMS website. To order, CLICK HERE.

The systematic inclusion of resident voice through specific direct interviews represents an enormous advance in the new Minimum Data Set 3.0 (MDS 3.0). The Video on Interviewing Vulnerable Elders (VIVE) demonstrates best practice approaches for implementing the new MDS interviews for cognition, mood, preferences and pain. Specific video sections address the reason interviews have been added, techniques to improve communication with older, frail populations, and demonstration of each interview being conducted.

Dr. Debra Saliba, VIVE's developer says, "Using real life nurses interacting in scenarios based on actual situations, VIVE helps to build understanding and ease implementation of MDS 3.0 for nursing home staff members. The goal of VIVE is to help staff members build the confidence and skills they need to interview their residents both for MDS 3.0 and for other clinical evaluations."

Thomas Dudley, MS, RN, of CMS' Division of Chronic and Post Acute Care, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality says, "CMS is excited with the upcoming October implementation of the new MDS 3.0 assessment instrument. Beyond simply being more clinically sound; bringing the resident's voice into the assessment process is key to more fully and accurately assessing the resident's needs. Pulling the resident's perspective into the assessment process will provide nursing homes with vital information in the development of individualized plans of care to improve outcomes."

Dudley adds, "The structured interview process eliciting resident feedback is a new concept to the MDS assessment. Such interviews can be outside the comfort zone for some MDS assessment nurses, and VIVE – the Video on Interviewing Vulnerable Elders should prove to be an invaluable resource for facilities to guide their nursing staff so that the interviewing process becomes part of their "comfort zone" to facilitate the development of patient centered plans of care."

"Hearing resident "voice and choice" is the linchpin between the new MDS 3.0 and ensuring the best possible outcomes for the residents of your facility" says Diane Carter, CEO of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC). "Critical to the assessment process is expert interview skills which enable you to build rapport and to elicit the most current and accurate information about lifestyle preferences balanced with health care needs of residents. VIVE, the Video on Interviewing Vulnerable Elders is the go-to tool to build on your current interview skills. Join other nurse leaders in ensuring residents of your facility are having the best possible life by pre-ordering your copy today."

About the Developer
Debra Saliba, MD, MPH is the Anna & Harry Borun Chair in Geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the UCLA and Jewish Homes Borun Center. She is also a geriatrician in the VA GRECC and a senior natural scientist at RAND. Dr. Saliba's research has focused on creating tools and knowledge that can be applied to improving quality of care and quality of life for vulnerable older adults. This research has addressed transfers from nursing homes to hospitals, disaster response and resident safety, pressure ulcer care, and quality measures for long-term care. Dr. Saliba was the principal investigator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' MDS 3.0 Revision and Evaluation project and the collaborative VA MDS Validation project that tested the reliability, validity, utility and efficiency of proposed MDS changes when used by nursing home providers.

Dr. Saliba's research in quality of care and vulnerable populations has received awards from the Journal of American Medical Directors Association, VA Health Services Research & Development, and the American Geriatrics Society. In addition to multiple peer reviewed publications, she has contributed to the development of educational materials for providers and consumers. Dr. Saliba has served as an expert on several national advisory panels addressing quality of care for older adults across care settings and is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society.

For more information about the video and to view the corresponding resource materials, CLICK HERE.

To order the video CLICK HERE.

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